Dream of Fire (EP - 2014)

by The Rationales

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The Rationales’ latest EP, “Dream of Fire,” features 5 tracks recorded with producer Ed Valauskas (Juliana Hatfield, Graham Parker) at Q Division Studios. The follow-up to 2011’s LP “The Distance in Between” takes the band’s strength as songwriters as a starting point and adds an increasingly confident and skilled approach to their performance, which allowed The EP to be recorded over a single 24 hour period, mostly live, late in 2013. Meant to serve as the first of 3 EPs to be released over the coming 18 months (that, when finished, will function as a cohesive LP) “Dream of Fire” features four entirely new recordings, plus the 2012 hit single “Radio.”**

Tightly focused rock songs like “Drunk all the Time,” & “Radio” contrast with roots-washed songs like “Last Words,” and the anthemic “Let It Go.” “This Morning” is a manic, high tension track, which along with “Let It Go,” allows the band to stretch out - nearly into jam band territory at points. Mirabella’s lyrics are a shade darker than on previous releases, perhaps reflecting a turbulent period both in terms of the band’s lineup, as well as in his personal experiences. Themes of resignation and living beyond one’s comfort zone are central. As always though, it is the sense of hope, and promise of better days that inevitably come that keep the material from weighing too heavily.

* RADIO (Originally released in 2012 as a single) Garnered the following accolades:  - Named '2012 Standout Jam of the Year" (Boston Phoenix)  - Voted '2012 Local Song of the Year' (WMWM Salem Listeners Poll)  - Appeared on several year end top 10 lists

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released January 7, 2014

All songs © & Ⓟ 2013. All Rights Reserved. Written by David Mirabella (Beneath This Moon Music, BMI) except: “Let It Go” by David Mirabella (Beneath This Moon Music, BMI), Matthew Goldfield, Michael Mirabella, & Sean Black
Arranged by The Rationales with Ed Valauskas
Produced by Ed Valauskas & David Mirabella Engineered & mixed by Pat DiCenso at Q Division Studios (* “Radio” Engineered & mixed by Joe Tooley)
Mastered by Mike Quinn at Moontower Recording Studio
Front cover photo by Dylan Steinberg

Matt Goldfield - Keys on all songs. Bvox on "Drunk all the Time."
Pete Zeigler - guitar on “Radio”
Jennifer Locke - glockenspiel on "Let It Go"
Davina Yannetty - trumpet on "Last Words"

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Lush, finely crafted American songwriting, swirling with hooks, harmonies, & raw emotion from a 5 piece band brimming with heart, excitement and guitars! For fans of Wilco, Nada Surf, & Radiohead.

"Textured melodic rock, fizzing with an energy difficult not to wholeheartedly sink into." (Americana U.K.)
"Pure, powerful rock beautifully interspersed with more rootsy tunes.” (Rootstime, Belgium)
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Track Name: Drunk all the Time
While I dream of fire, your hands are tied
While I feign desire, you stand in line.

Now I'm drunk all the time
there's nothing left to decide
just stumbled into this life
I'm just along for the ride

While I dream of oceans, you watch me drown
and i had a notion, you'd come around

Now I'm drunk all the time
there's nothing left to decide
just stumbled into this life
I'm just along for the ride

And it's not your fault, but I hate you when I'm sober
no it's not your fault, still I'll blame you when I'm older

Now I'm drunk all the time
there's nothing left to decide
just stumbled into this life
I'm just along for the ride
Track Name: Radio
Hands Down, I hand it to you.
Kids like you move without a sound
pushed down, uncover the proof
you try to sanctify this town

at the right time
at the right time

it's like they meant to find you gone
the lights are on, so's the radio

a lie, to show you the truth
a life, a stand before a crowd
and as i fell into you
I'd never let you let me down

at the right time
at the right time

it's like they meant to find you gone
the lights are on, so's the radio
its like religion in my soul
like a song, on the radio.
Track Name: This Morning
Leave It To Me,
I Can't Even See
Where It Is I'm Going

Push It Aside
We Never Defined
What It Was We Were Doing

It’s In My Mind It’s What I Want To See
Love Or Lie Live And Die In Me

Fall Out Of Place
Can't Keep The Pace
The Hill Is Steep And We're Slowing
Something Inside
You Always Surmised
was Killing You Is Growing

It’s In My Mind It’s What I Want To See
Love Or Lie Live And Die In Me

This Morning was A Warning
This Morning was A Warning

It’s In My Mind It’s What I Want To See
Love Or Lie Live And Die In Me

This Morning was A Warning
This Morning was A Warning
Track Name: Last Words
Measured and fitted, when you decided to give
something inside of you, tired but struggling to live,
I shared it all I never hid

And I never mind the sun in my eyes as long as I’m here and it’s clear

She won't remember the last thing you said if you’re there
a cracker-jack prize of a reason for all that you did
Sung in the words of a song you just dreamt as a kid

and I never mind the sun in my eyes as long as I’m here – and it’s clear

sinking and timid - when you decided to go
back to the place you came from where you already know,
I’ll share it all just like before

And I never mind the sun in my eyes as long as I’m here and it’s clear

She won't remember the last thing you said if you’re there
a Cracker-Jack prize of a reason for all that you did
Sung in the words of a song you just dreamt as a kid

And I never mind the sun in my eyes as long as I’m here – and it’s clear

I’ve seen this all before -
I’ve seen this all before --
I’ve seen this all before ---



She won't remember the last thing you said if you’re there
a Cracker-Jack prize -- a coin that was hid in your ear
Sung in the words of a song you just dreamed as a kid
Track Name: Let it Go
Said you've got to start somewhere
But not tonight
Tired of running in cycles
Between what's wrong and right

You said it all before, with one foot out the door

spend a lifetime arranging
what’s coming undone
and you're waiting on changes
that never seem to come

You said it all before, with one foot out the door

You can leave it all you know
You could just let it go
I WOULDN'T COME TO FIND YOU.